Finally, after much anticipation — it’s here! OK, maybe I’m overly excited by a simple phone dock, but I really need something to hold the Nexus One while I sleep. I’ve tried to hold it myself all night long, but that effort has only resulted in cramped fingers and extra screen smudges. So I’ve just ordered the phone dock for my N1 at the cost of $45. As expected, it does include a Bluetooth radio and Google says it pairs with the phone automatically upon the first physical dock. This allows for wireless music playback through the dock to external speakers that you provide.
Placing the Nexus One in the dock automatically brings up the Clock application thanks to the small, metal contacts on the bottom of the handset. This provides clock functionality, alarms, picture slide shows, music and one-touch local weather. Is it worth the $45? Some would say that’s a bit much although it charges the phone while docked. Since I’m relying heavily on the device as my bedside alarm, I’m dropping the cash for it. If you’re not sure the dock has the functionality you need, you can grab the PDF user guide to get a better idea of the features.